The B-52s Are Set to Rock Arizona
The “World’s Greatest Party Band” is set to headline the Finish Line Concert for the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit the National MS Society! With hit singles “Love Shack”, “Roam” and “Good Stuff” the B-52s unforgettable dance-rock tunes will keep the finish line crowd fired up and ready to rock. Celebrate your success with family and friends at the Finish Line Festival which is free and open to the public.
Finish Line: Packard Drive, ASU’s Sun Devil & Sun Angel Stadiums
Finish Line Festival: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm*
Post Race Concert: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm*
*Times subject to change. More details coming soon.
More About the B-52s
Thirty years and over twenty million albums into their career, there can be no doubt as to why The B-52s remain among the most beloved rock stars ever. Any mystery concerning the longevity and ongoing appeal of the band is immediately solved when exposed to a unique B-52s concert experience. From the timeless gems of “Rock Lobster,” “Planet Claire” and “Private Idaho” to the more recent classics “Channel Z,” “Love Shack” and “Roam”, the B-52s’ unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time their music begins.
Formed on an October night in 1976 following drinks at an Athens, GA, Chinese restaurant, the band played their first gig at a friend’s house on Valentine’s Day 1977. Naming themselves after Southern slang for exaggerated ‘bouffant” hairdos, the newlychristened B-52s (Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson and Ricky Wilson) began weekend road trips to New York City for gigs at CBGB’s and a handful of other venues. Before long, their thrift store aesthetic and genre-defying songs were the talk of the post-punk underground. A record deal soon followed and their self-titled debut disc, produced by Chris Blackwell, sold more than 500,000 copies on the strength of their first singles, the garage rock party classic “Rock Lobster,” and “52 Girls.” The B-52s began to attract fans far beyond the punk clubs of the Lower East Side — galvanizing the pop world with their ‘stream-of-consciousness’ approach to songwriting and outrageous performance. They had clearly tapped into a growing audience for new music that was much larger than anyone could have anticipated. “We always appealed to people outside the mainstream,” says Kate Pierson, “and I think more people feel they’re outside the mainstream these days.”